On Mar. 2, when the Army’s top enlisted soldier, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey, asked a room full of soldiers at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington to raise their hands if they felt the Army’s tattoo policy was too restrictive, to Dailey’s surprise, almost everyone did. The branch’s current tattoo policy is the creation of Dailey’s predecessor, Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler, who took a hard stance on tattoos that made him very unpopular with the enlisted majority. Soldiers with calf or sleeve tattoos were barred from receiving a commission, for life, and could be dishonorably discharged for any new tattoos, reports the military blog, War Is Boring.
The anger some troops feel toward Army leadership may be over its tattoo policy, but it points to a larger problem --- a disconnect between the service’s senior enlisted leader and his charges, the rank-and-file enlisted soldier. If Dailey was surprised that soldiers are still upset over the tattoo policy, what else doesn’t he know about his troops?
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.